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Nationals Are Running Out Of Time As Mets Magic Number Improves To 25

While a sizable contingent of Mets fans still cower in fear over the Ghost of September Past and another 2007 style collapse, the Mets Magic Number improved to 25 last night even though they lost 14-8 to the Phillies at Citi Field. Credit the Washington Nationals who lost 8-5 in gut-wrenching fashion to the St. […]
Via Mets Merized Online
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Nationals see chances slipping away in wake of bullpen failures

Bringing in closer Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline was expected to have a ripple effect on the bullpen of the Washington Nationals.Instead, the failures of the bullpen may wind up among the lowlights of an underachieving season after the Nationals blew a pair of late two-run leads in consecutive 8-5 losses to the St. Louis Cardinals.The back-to-back meltdowns have left Washington...
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals face hometown boy Scherzer while he's in a rut

If the Washington Nationals are going to make a September push, they're probably going to need Max Scherzer to start pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate again. The right-hander may be especially motivated to turn things around in his hometown. Mired in arguably his worst stretch, Scherzer will try to help the Nationals end their road woes Wednesday night in a showdown with Michael...
Via Fox Sports
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals face hometown boy Scherzer while he's in a rut

If the Washington Nationals are going to make a September push, they're probably going to need Max Scherzer to start pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate again. The right-hander may be especially motivated to turn things around in his hometown. Mired in arguably his worst stretch, Scherzer will try to help the Nationals end their road woes Wednesday night in a showdown with Michael...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

#FireMattWilliams

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2015 (Mis)Manager of the Year! Death, taxes, and Matt Williams mismanaging his bullpen. The good news is, Jonathan Papelbon will be well rested for 2016. On the decision *not* to use Papelbon in the 9th of a 5-5 game last night: "We want him closing games out, yeah. So we’re down to two guys. We need a one inning guy there because we’re...
Via Nationals Enquirer
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals announce seven prospects for the AFL

The Washington Nationals announced they would be sending seven prospects to the Arizona Fall League.  Heading west will be: 2B Wilmer Difo 3B Drew Ward C Spencer Kieboom P Dakota Bacus P Abel De Los Dantos P Nick Lee P John Simms All will be heading to the AFL for the first time, except Kieboom, who will be making his second trip west. Difo headlines this year’s AFL class.  The...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Nationals activate Uggla off DL, add 2 others

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Washington Nationals have activated second baseman Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list. The Nationals also purchased the contract of catcher Pedro Severino from Double-A Harrisburg and recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse before Tuesday night's game at St. Louis. Manager Matt Williams says outfielder Denard Span came out well from season...
Via AP on Fox
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Woeful August dims Nationals' chances of reaching postseason

The Washington Nationals' chances of catching their New York Mets in the National League East continue to grow dimmer by the day. The Nationals' latest setback, an 8-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, capped a rough August in which they went 12-17 - their worst month of the season. Conversely, the Mets went 20-8 in August and hold a 6 1/2-game division lead over Washington. “You...
Via Fox Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

National Emergency In Washington

By Mike Moosbrugger What happened to the Washington Nationals? Does anybody know?  All the pre-season “experts” had the Nationals running away with the National League East Division and the New York Mets a distant second. The best starting rotation in Continue Reading...
Via Outside Analysis
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Do the Washington Nationals need to fire Matt Williams?

Matt Williams did it again Monday night, and in no way is that a good thing. The 49-year-old former All-Star cost the Washington Nationals another game with idiotic managing. The Nationals are fading fast in the National League playoff picture and Williams is actually hastening their shocking fall. Washington entered Monday night’s matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals 5.5 games...
Via Rumors and Rants
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Nationals Look to Catch Mets in Final Month of Season, Tickets Very Affordable on Secondary Market

View image | gettyimages.com The Washington Nationals lost major ground on the surging New York Mets over the past month, as one of baseball’s hottest teams has taken over the top of the NL East. As impressive as the Mets seem these days, Bryce Harper’s Nats are still in the mix for first-place in the division at just 5.5 games back, and have shown the ability to pull off...
Via KCM Sports
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Werth bobblehead doll strikes out as Nationals postpone promotion

The Washington Nationals held a wildly successful Jayson Werth Chia Pet night earlier this month. So it stands to reason that a similar promotion involving a bobblehead of the team's bearded outfielder would cause similar enthusiam.Guess again.The Nationals opted to postpone Sunday's scheduled giveaway of the Werth bobblehead for pretty much the same reason why the team is 5 1/2...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Strasburg hopeful of avoiding DL, making next start

Entering the final five weeks of the season and facing a hefty deficit in the National League East, the Washington Nationals have to hope right-hander Stephen Strasburg can avoid a third trip to the disabled list.Strasburg was forced to exit Sunday's start against the Miami Marlins after four innings due to discomfort in his upper back - a malady similar to the one that sidelined...
Via Fox Sports
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The Buyer`s Guide: Ian Desmond by J.P. Breen

Does the Nationals shortstop`s recent hot streak mean he`s back after a first-half slump?
Via Baseball Prospectus
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Werth homers, drives in 3 as Nationals beat Marlins 7-4

WASHINGTON (AP) Jayson Werth homered and drove in three runs, and Clint Robinson added a pinch-hit home run as the Nationals had 13 hits and rallied past the Marlins 7-4 on Sunday. Michael Taylor added two singles and scored twice for Washington, which got hits from all eight starting position players. Doug Fister (5-7) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Stephen Strasburg...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins come up short against Nationals in homer-happy finale

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jayson Werth homered and drove in three runs, and Clint Robinson added a pinch-hit home run as the Nationals had 13 hits and rallied past the Marlins 7-4 on Sunday. Michael Taylor added two singles and scored twice for Washington, which got hits from all eight position players. Doug Fister (5-7) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Stephen Strasburg for the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins come up short against Nationals in homer-happy finale

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jayson Werth homered and drove in three runs, and Clint Robinson added a pinch-hit home run as the Nationals had 13 hits and rallied past the Marlins 7-4 on Sunday. Michael Taylor added two singles and scored twice for Washington, which got hits from all eight starting position players. Doug Fister (5-7) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Stephen Strasburg...
Via Fox Sports Florida
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Washington starter Strasburg lifted after 4 innings

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been lifted after just four innings and 60 pitches against Miami. Strasburg did not show any obvious sign of injury during his final inning Sunday. The Nationals do not provide injury information during games. Strasburg allowed a three-run homer to Justin Bour in the first and a solo shot to Derek Dietrich to open the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals hit 3 homers, Zimmermann goes 7 in 5-1 win

WASHINGTON (AP) Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night. The Nationals pulled within 5 1-2 games of first-place New York in the NL East. The Mets dropped their second straight against the Boston Red Sox, 3-1. Washington gained ground on New York for...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel, Lead Prospect Analyst

Episode 590 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect analyst for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses the curious treatment by the Washington Nationals of prospect Trea Turner, the uses and not-uses of big-league scouts, and McDaniel’s dramatic re-assessment of right-handed Houston prospect Francis...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Span expects 4-6 month recovery after hip surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) Denard Span expects his recovery from hip surgery will take 4-6 months, meaning he may have played his last game with the Washington Nationals. Span, 31, will be a free agent this offseason. He will undergo a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Tuesday. The center fielder and leadoff man has hit .292 with 207 runs scored and 106 RBIs since joining...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Much like their 2015 team, Nats not happy with final Werth bobblehead product

Hey, Washington Nationals fans? You're not getting a Jayson Werth bobble head tomorrow, ok? The Washington Nationals have issued the following statement on Sunday's bobblehead giveaway: pic.twitter.com/USUw4Axm6W— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 28, 2015Nicely produced.[h/t Jesse Reed]Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home...
Via Bob's Blitz
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Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

The Washington Nationals have been planning a massive bobblehead giveaway on August 30th to commemorate Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS. Unfortunately, the 25,000 fans that would have taken home one of those commemorative bobbleheads will now have to settle for a voucher instead. The team made this announcement on Twitter Friday evening. The Washington...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With Span done for season, news on Taylor a relief for Nationals

After losing one centerfielder for the season, the Washington Nationals received some good news on another Friday.Michael Taylor, who has been a mainstay in the lineup since Denard Span was sidelined for seven weeks, said tests came back clean on his right knee, which he hurt while crashing into the wall in Thursday's game.The Nationals cannot afford to lose Taylor for an extended...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals CF Span back on DL, may be out for season

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation and may be out for the season. The 31-year-old Span has already missed 52 games in two stints on the disabled list with back ailments. He had just returned from the DL to play for Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday night, but was held out Thursday. After the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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